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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,000 miles

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2002 Toyota Avalon exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 112006


  • 46,000 miles


Oil gelling or sludge causing engine seizure. Confirmed by identifix, kelly bluebook, and Toyota extending warranty for 2yrs and advising more frequent oil changes. Avalon brought to dealership 8 times and charged approx $800 for problem. Advised letter not resolved. Advised to go to class action suite destrehan, la. Given run around. Have Lexus with same problem, computer was changed and no further problem. Suggest Toyota avoiding expensive repairs and request return of my money.

- Tappan, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 062003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle emits a strong sulfur odor inside the vehicle. The consumer has changed the type of gas used but the problem still exist. The dealer is aware of the problem.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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